Skies Like These

Tess Hilmo

Margaret Ferguson Books

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Twelve-year-old Jade’s perfect summers have always been spent reading and watching TV reruns, so she’s not happy when her parents send her off to Wyoming to her aunt’s house. She meets a boy who calls himself Roy Parker—just like the real name of the legendary rebel cowboy Butch Cassidy. Roy’s dad’s hardware store has closed because a chain store has opened up in town, and Roy thinks it is just like the big cattle barons in Butch’s day who put the local ranchers out of business. He wants Jade to be his Sundance Kid and help him pull some stunts worthy of Butch Cassidy. Sabotage the big store? Outsmart the store’s owner by doing reconnaissance on his ranch? Jade wants to be a good friend, but she’s not so sure about Roy’s schemes.

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Jade gazed out the car window at knee-high yellow grass rolling and bending across the prairie like waves in the ocean, crashing into black, jagged mountains off in the distance.

“That big craggy one is Grand Teton,” Aunt Elise said, both hands tight on the steering wheel of her old Lincoln Continental. Jade wondered how her aunt could see over the dashboard, she was so short. “I’ve climbed it seventeen times.”

Jade looked sideways at her aunt. She studied her wild, choppy hair poking out every which way, then dropped her eyes down

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"In Hilmo's second middle-grade novel, a 12-year-old city girl spends a month in Wyoming and finds big skies, a boy who idolizes Butch Cassidy, and her own sense of adventure." - Booklist
 
"Hilmo's small-town setting is affectionately portrayed, as are her characters - all of whom, even the owner of the new big-box home improvement store, turn out to have hearts of gold." - The Horn Book
 
"Drawing on rich Western lore and creating characters as gritty as the earth itself, Hilmo paints a picture of a town where everyone is connected . . . A heartening, comforting story with enough tension to keep readers hooked." - Kirkus Reviews
 
"A robust cast of well-developed characters and a delightful, swiftly moving plot will leave readers wishing for Jade to extend her stay in Wyoming." - School Library Journal
 
"Writing with humor and heart, Hilmo gently reminds readers of the benefits of being shaken out of one's routine, especially the sense of perspective gained by traveling to new places and trying new things." -Publishers Weekly

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Tess Hilmo

Tess Hilmo lives with her husband and three children in Highland, Utah. Her first book, With a Name like Love, received three starred reviews and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a 2011 ABC New Voices title.

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Skies Like These
Tess Hilmo

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
July 2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374369989
ISBN10: 0374369984
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$16.99

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
July 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374369996
ISBN10: 0374369992
Middle-Grade Fiction240 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$9.99
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